Mental Toughness II

Just the tip:

Face your challenges and undertake your own metamorphosis. Have the confidence that YOU CAN DO IT. Take control of yourself, mentally and physically. And commit to full send.

In part one of this series, we learned how to define Mental Toughness. One thing I feel is important to note is that we can use mental toughness in any area of our life. This is not something that is reserved for athletes.

Mentally tough people are better people. Better at dealing with life’s curve balls. Better at handling shit.

In part II, we will look at four character traits that make up mental toughness. these are commonly known as the 4 C’s of Mental Toughness.

  • Control
  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Challenge


Control – this means having control over your own life and your own circumstance. Sadly, no one is coming to save you. Not your best friend, not your spouse, not your mother, not even your coach.

Take ownership of all aspects of your life, including your training, sleep, recovery, nutrition, finances, education.  Those mentioned above should be there to help and support you, but no one is going to do it for you.

Commitment –  to be mentally tough, you have to be fully committed. Keep it 100 as the kids say. If you are not fully committed to your sport, your profession, your pursuit – then quit now and don’t look back.

Part-time commitment gets part-time results. If you are going to commit to doing something, throw your whole heart into it.

Confidence – Believe in your own abilities and stop beating yourself up mentally.

Remember the lessons of the past but don’t relive them, learn from them.  If you are practicing proper goal setting than your goals should be within reach and attainable.

Eliminate negative self-talk, and replace it with positive affirmations.  Self-belief in your own abilities is a critical component of mental toughness.

Believe you can and youre halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Challenge – Ever played a video game with the opponent’s skill set to the lowest possible level? Admittedly, I have. It’s fun for the first few times but then interest is lost quickly. To be successful in any undertaking it must be challenging.

The metamorphosis of a butterfly is fucking amazing.  Do we think the butterfly had to face a few challenges along the way?  I’d think so.

The point is if you want to change. If you want something you are not, you have to face the challenge and fight like hell for what you want.

Do you think the caterpillar was taught how to undergo this process? How to transform into a completely different creature? No, it did what its ingrained instincts told it to do.



Now go, follow your own metamorphic transformation and I’ll see you on the other side you beautiful butterfly.

In Practice:

Face your challenges and undertake your own metamorphosis. Have the confidence that YOU CAN DO IT. Take control of yourself, mentally and physically. And commit to full send.

I’ll even add a 5th C as a bonus. Here it is; Caleb. If you’re ready to take the next step toward developing mental toughness hit me up.


For more on the 4 c’s, check out this site.

For more on butterflies, google it.






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